VALHALLA, N.Y. (Feb. 25, 2017) – Despite a game-high-tying 14 points from junior Latisha Clark (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill), the Mercy College women's basketball team was unable to surpass the NYIT Bears as they fell, 62-35, closing out their 2016-17 season on Saturday afternoon at Westchester Community College.
Before the contest, senior Paxton Reddington (Holmdel, N.J./Brookdale CC) was recognized for her achievements during her time at Mercy College.
The Mavericks (4-22, 2-16 ECC) drop both meetings to the Bears (16-10, 10-8 ECC) who will continue their season in the ECC Tournament.
Mercy was led by Clark, who scored 14 points and recorded nine rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Next up for the Mavericks was freshman Abigail Collier (Watertown, Conn./Watertown), who added eight points, three rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Junior Monet Keane-Dawes (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) grabbed seven rebounds for the Mavericks and blocked three shots.
For NYIT, Sofia Georgiadi recorded a double-double finishing the afternoon with eleven points, eleven rebounds, three steals, two assists, and one block.
The Bears opened the scoring on a layup and a successful free throw to take an early 3-0 lead before Clark answered back on the next possession with a pair of free throws to put the Mavericks on the board. The Bears were able to add in one more layup before Clark responded once again with a layup to bring the score to 5-4. A ten point run by the Bears would put the Mavericks behind, eventually closing out the quarter with a score of 21-6.
NYIT opened up the second quarter with a layup from Shanice Allen before sophomore Cynthia Perez (Middle Village, N.Y./ Christ the King) put the Mavericks on the board when she sunk a jumper sent to her from Clark. The Bears would then put up five unanswered points until Keane-Dawes grabbed a defensive rebound and ended the Bears run with a layup to make the score 28-10. The Mavericks were unable to score for the remainder of the quarter, entering halftime down 33-10.
The Bears began the second half with the first seven points and outscored Mercy 18-7 in the period to build a 51-17 lead after three quarters of play.
Despite the large deficit entering the fourth quarter, the Mavericks would continue to battle and outscore NYIT 18-11 in the final quarter as Clark scored nine of her 14 points in the quarter.
Mercy shot 22.8 percent (13-of-57) from the floor, 11.1 percent (3-of-27) from downtown and 66.7 percent (6-of-9) from the foul line. NYIT shot 38.7 percent (24-of-62) from the field, 21.4 percent (3-of-14) from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from the foul line. The Bears held a 54-33 edge on the glass and were able to score 17 points off of Mercy turnovers.